I have a dilated bile duct and some slight bleeding in my stomach. Is Xeljanz safe for me? My mother has had breast cancer and multiple myeloma and my father and sister are recovering from esophagus cancer, so any drug that even mentions any cancer scares me. My doctor says its fine, but he's not the one taking it!
I have been on it for 2 years and I find it better than humira, plus I take methotrexate once a week. I am currently off both because of surgery next week, and boy, I miss xeljanz! I have no side effects from it and it has me able to ride my motorcycle occasionally. Try it, but I didn't really begin to feel better for 6 to 7 weeks, then I began to notice less morning stiffness, less joint pain, and ability to walk farther. Good luck and God Bless you in whatever decision you make.
I've been on Xeljanz XR for a several months. The only side effect I've had is two minor infections. But I was quick to report them to my rheumatologist who the pulled me off Xeljanz and prescribed a heavy course of antibiotics each time. Because I had to discontinue Xeljanz until I finished with the antibiotics and the infection was clear, I ended up on daily prednisone to control my RA. :(
I will second Cinna's statement, it took me about 10 weeks to feel the full effects of Xeljanz. But once it was fully working it was better than Humira. Enbrel was the best drug for me but stop working after ten years.
The only thing that would worry me regarding you and Xeljanz are your gastro symptoms. Is the bleeding from ulcers or colitis? Since Xeljanz can (rarely) cause perforation, I would be worried if your stomach/intestinal lining was already compromised. Could you ask your gastroenterologist?
- Xeljanz Information for Consumers
- Xeljanz Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Xeljanz (detailed)
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